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  • Posted On: Mar 20, 2019
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Cornerstone Charter Academy took home 2 Honorable Mentions and 2 Awards of Merit at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival!!

“We are pleased to announce that CCA took home 2 Honorable Mentions and 2 Awards of Merit at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival!!  Cornerstone Charter Upper Academy was competing against thousands of student art pieces from more than 50 different K-12 schools across Central Florida! We are incredibly proud of these talented students and of all those who participated. Thank you to everyone who made it out to the event!

Honorable Mentions:

Norah Crotty, acrylic paint, 7th grade
Lyla Schuppner, oil paint and collage, 12th grade

Awards of Merit:

Izabellah Chan, linocut printmaking, 11th grade
Jonell Hernandez, photomontage, 12th grade

Come see these award winning art pieces and hundreds more on display next week at the CCA Art Show on March 28! It’s going to be a fun event you won’t want to miss!”

https://www.cornerstonecharter.com

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Mar 18, 2019
  • Category: Mater, News
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Mater Academy High School and iMater High School were awarded scholarships to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program

The past four days, our selected juniors from Mater Academy High School and iMater High School were awarded scholarships to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 

When the students arrived to the SOAYLP in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, they participated in the program that consisted of workshops and classroom activities with dynamic speakers from business, government, and academia, along with the lectures and workshops. They had the chance to attend tours of Valley Forge National Historical Park, Colonial Philadelphia and even dine with an Amish family in Lancaster.

It was a great experience for all and they did a great job representing their schools! 

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Mar 6, 2019
  • Category: News
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Five Mater Schools’ SGA Attend FASC

by Mrs. Melissa Gil

The Florida Association of Student Councils hosts a state level convention every year in which schools from different districts get the chance to build upon student leadership, school activities, networking, and project competitions. SGA goes beyond just organizing and running events, members also have to document and evaluate these events hosted at their schools. Miami Dade County Public Schools are a part of district 6 for FASC.

When it comes to the competition part of FASC, medallion council and project books are submitted at convention. Medallion books are judged by how many school events/meetings occur at your school in comparison of your school population. Schools as a result to their medallion council books can be ranked gold, silver, or bronze. As for the project books, it is one project that get documented by a specific category. There are ten categories in FASC such as faculty and staff relations, community service, and school spirit. Books are judged by a rubric that includes evaluation of the information on the project forms and the supporting documents provided. Books can only place first, second, or third per category out of at least 15 books minimum submitted from schools overall.

Mater Academy High, Mater Academy Middle, Mater Lakes Academy High, iMater Middle, and iMater High are all proud members of district 6 in FASC. These schools listed are the only Academica charter schools to be a part of FASC in Miami Dade County. The SGA in these schools are led by Mr. Nelson Cartaya and Mrs. Mary Pino (Mater High), Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Middle), Mrs. Melissa Gil and Ms. Ana Sanchez (Mater Lakes Academy), Ms. Elisa Aviles (iMater High), and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Middle). In addition, as a Mater Family, these schools participated in the FASC convention of March 1st -3rd in Boca Raton Community High School along with 94 other schools. It was three days filled with workshops, meetings, activities, and competition. The Mater schools are proud to list their weekend accomplishments at FASC:

We as advisors are proud of our students who work hard to manage events at their schools, but also compete at a state level and win in their prospective categories. This weekend at FASC was definitely a Mater Family Takeover and we couldn’t be more content in working together for the greater good of our students who strive to be better leaders. We are always leading by example. As Nelson Cartaya says, “We teach our kids to be the example, not the exception.”

Mater Academy High School: Nelson Cartaya FASC Advisor of the Year, Medallion Council Silver Rank, District 6 Treasurer School

Mater Academy High School: Nelson Cartaya FASC Advisor of the Year, Medallion Council Silver Rank, District 6 Treasurer School

iMater Middle School: 2nd Place Membership Motivation, 3rd Place School Spirit, 3rd Place School Service

iMater Middle School: 2nd Place Membership Motivation, 3rd Place School Spirit, 3rd Place School Service

All Five Mater Schools with their trophies.

All Five Mater Schools with their trophies.

Mater Academy Middle School: 2nd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 2nd Place Health and Safety

Mater Academy Middle School: 2nd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 2nd Place Health and Safety

Mater Lakes Academy High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank, 2nd Place Fundraising, 3rd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 3rd Place Community Service, District 6 Secretary School

Mater Lakes Academy High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank, 2nd Place Fundraising, 3rd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 3rd Place Community Service, District 6 Secretary School

iMater High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank

iMater High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank

SGA Advisors: (left to right) Bottom row: Ms. Elisa Aviles and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Academy High and Middle School) Top Row: Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Academy Middle), Mr. Nelson Cartaya (Mater Academy High), Ms. Ana Sanchez, and Mrs. Melissa Gil (Mater Lakes Academy High)

SGA Advisors: (left to right) Bottom row: Ms. Elisa Aviles and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Academy High and Middle School) Top Row: Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Academy Middle), Mr. Nelson Cartaya (Mater Academy High), Ms. Ana Sanchez, and Mrs. Melissa Gil (Mater Lakes Academy High)

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Cornerstone Charter Academy Receives National Recognition - Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program

Cornerstone Charter Academy Receives National Recognition – Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program

 

For Immediate Release                                                           
February 28, 2019   

Media Contact:
Dr. Renee Pancoast
Principal
rpancoast@cornerstonecharter.com    407-608-7171
Cornerstone Charter Academy Receives National Recognition                                            for Commitment to Empowering Students

Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program

Belle Isle, FL –Cornerstone Charter Academy announced today that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW GatewayTM. It is one of just 148 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, CCA had to meet the following criteria during the 2017-18 school year:

  • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level;
  • Have at least 50 percent of the student body participating;
  • Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units during their middle school tenure.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

“It is a great honor to recognize Cornerstone Charter Academy for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

CCA is part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.

For more information on Cornerstone Charter Academy’s PLTW Gateway program or to set up a school visit, contact Ms. LuCinda Coder at:  lcoder@cornerstonecharter.com

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

 

Cornerstone Charter Academy Receives National Recognition  - Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program

Cornerstone Charter Academy Receives National Recognition – Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program

 

Cornerstone Charter Academy Receives National Recognition  - Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program

Cornerstone Charter Academy Receives National Recognition – Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program

 

 

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Feb 15, 2019
  • Category: News, School
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Charter takeover helped students ‘have a chance at life’

redefinED – February 13, 2019
TALLAHASSEE — Three students from rural, impoverished Jefferson County on Tuesday testified before Florida’s House Education Committee about dramatic improvements at their schools since 2017, when the local district relinquished control of its traditional public schools to a charter school operator.
 
Prior to the historic transformation, Jefferson County had been among the state’s lowest-performing districts for about a decade. More than half its high school students had been retained in a grade at least twice. In 2016, just 7 percent of its middle schoolers scored on grade level on state math assessments compared to 26 percent in the next-lowest performing district.
 
In 2017, the Jefferson County School Board voted unanimously to turn over management of its lone primary and secondary schools to Somerset Academy, based in South Florida. Although the state is home to dozens of charters that were converted from traditional public schools, never before had converted charters comprised an entire school system.
 
Ayana Bradley, a junior at the Jefferson County K-12 high school, told lawmakers Tuesday that before turnaround efforts, students were unmotivated, as many teachers dressed unprofessionally and seemed more interested in gossiping with students than educating them.
 
“There was no one there for us,” she said. “We had to learn to push ourselves, and some kids didn’t know how to do that. Sometimes they just wouldn’t come to school. Somerset taught us we have a chance at life.”
 
She added: “We’re not just numbers, we actually mean something. Now, people believe in us – that we can become better and mean something to someone.”
 
Ayana is now taking dual enrollment classes through Doral College. She wants to attend the University of Central Florida and become a nurse.
 
The schools’ turnaround was assisted by Academica, a charter school service and support organization in Miami, and Doral College President Doug Rodriguez, who has acted as a consultant since the charter takeover.
 
“The district had consistently low performance and it was under oversight of the Department of Education,” Rodriguez said. “The district had shrunk in size. There should be about 1,500 students in the district. In 2016-17, there were about 715 students. It’s grown as the school became more successful.”
 
Rodriguez described Jefferson County as a community with many needs. All students in the district are on a free and reduced-price meal program, and many families in the area do not have their own transportation.
 
Changes that spurred improvement included hiring new teachers, while retaining many with 25 or more years of experience; philanthropic and logistical support from Academica; and an investment of $5.1 million from Somerset Academy – money that came from loans and grants, Rodriguez said.
 
“And we changed the teachers’ pay scale,” he said. “We made them among the highest-paid teachers in the state, while they had previously been among the lowest.”
 
Principal Cory Oliver said major renovations to the schools’ campus have been instrumental in the district’s turnaround.
 
Students said they wanted a culinary arts program, so a state-of-the-art cooking lab was added, as were eight new portable classrooms, an arts building, a new band room, and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lab.
 
The district has begun seeing academic gains.
 
In 2017-18, Jefferson County’s passing rate jumped 60 percent in math for grades 3-8. No other district in Florida came close to that rate of improvement. The previous year, Jefferson County was the state’s lowest-performing district in that category.
 
In 2017-18, six Jefferson County high school students were taking dual enrollment classes; this year, the number has grown to nearly 40. And this year, for the first time in a decade, two seniors have been accepted to the University of Florida.
 
Jamal Washington, an eighth-grader, told legislators that before the charter takeover, students didn’t have educators they could talk to about personal issues.
 
“There was no one to share our feeling or emotions with,” said Jamal, who wants to be an air-traffic controller. “Since Somerset came, everybody’s trying to get on track and graduate with their class. I want everybody to graduate with me.”
 
Freshman Alexis Arnold, an aspiring pediatrician, agreed.
 
“It’s now a contest of who gets the highest grades,” she said. “Everybody’s paying attention in class and nobody’s skipping anymore. You don’t see as many fights.”
 
Responding to a question from committee vice chair Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater, Oliver said the decision to allow a charter school organization to take over the district wasn’t overwhelmingly popular.
 
“The school district is the No. 1 employer in the county,” he said. “That community bridge is something we’ll continue to work on. But we’re building a huge network of support, so people can see the changes and growth.”
 
Committee chairwoman Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mt. Dora, said she was moved by the students’ testimony.
 
“They are why we make sacrifices to be here,” she said. “This is the fruit of the good consequences of good policies that have been passed.”
 
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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Jan 30, 2019
  • Category: News, School News
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Students build a stronger community, make friends through bi-weekly club activities

What Would You Do with Thirty Minutes?

Boynton Beach, FL – December 2018 –  What if you had thirty minutes on a Friday afternoon scheduled into your work day to spend time doing something that you love? Ben Gamla Palm Beach Charter School in Palm Beach has done exactly that — incorporating a bi-weekly club titled “Hugim,” Hebrew for clubs, into the school schedule.

The purpose of these bi-weekly clubs is to build a stronger community among their already tight-knit school of 245 students, while creating bonds with new friends of different ages and grade levels, all coming together with the same personal interests at heart. Students created a list of their top three choices for club assignments, and with a variety of physical, mental, and educational choices, some students found it hard to choose only three! Some options from the list of over twenty clubs included yoga, chess, creating comic books, painting, and field hockey. According to Principal, Elanit Weizman, “This is an excellent opportunity for students to express their personal interests, show off their talents, or master a new skill, while building personal relationships with children in other grades, teachers or school staff they may not know with the same passions or interests as them.”

Ben Gamla, a Palm Beach County Public Charter School, is located in Boynton Beach and has been a vital part of the education community for the past eight years. Ben Gamla is a community of learners that honors individual student’s needs, varied modalities of instruction, and nurtures character traits that help develop good citizenship. We serve families who come from all over Palm Beach County to have their children educated in an environment rich in S.T.E.A.M. activities. Ben Gamla Charter School provides a safe environment for innovative instructional practices that continuously lights the path toward maximum student achievement and personal growth. As the first English- Hebrew language Charter School in the United States, and the only one in Palm Beach County, Ben Gamla Charter integrates Hebrew instruction giving our students a useful tool in our global society.

MEDIA is invited to take part in the bi-weekly Hugim. The following dates are when they are currently scheduled to take place: December 7, December 15, January 18, February 1, February 15, March 1, March 15, April 5, April 26, May 10 and May 17.

For more information, please contact: Brianna Schraft, Bschraft@bengamlapalmbeach.org

Original Article at: https://flcharterschool.org/students-build-a-stronger-community-make-friends-through-bi-weekly-club-activities/

 

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Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Mater Lakes made school history on Saturday, winning the first-ever IBT title in school history, topping the John Lyzott Memorial IBT at McArthur.

The Bears, ranked sixth in the Orlando Sentinel’s latest Class 1A team rankings, finished with five individual champions, outscoring Coral Park and South Broward by 52 points.

Week 2 tournament results from across Florida »

“We are pumped,” Mater Lakes coach Brandon Neifeld said via email. “We started this program six years ago from scratch and the team is looking very good and coming into form.”

“We have six seniors in the lineup, all capable of reaching the podium at states.”

Winning titles on Saturday were Danny Martinez (106), Nick Luna (120), Omar Amengol (132), David Alvarez (220), and Ethan Vargas (285). Nestor Nunez (16) also reached the finals as the Bears won with a team effort with 10 wrestlers making the podium.

“It feels great to see the kids achieving success not only individually but as a team because we really developed a family type of bond together at Mater Lakes,” Neifeld said. ‘”We have very limited facilities at our school but it doesn’t stop us from training and competing with the best teams.”

limited facilities at our school but it doesn’t stop us from training and competing with the best teams.”

Check out the latest Class 3A individual rankings »

Coral Park and South Broward finished in a tie for second place. Steven Villalobos (152) won an individual title for Coral Park with Justin Maynard (160) taking home top honors for South Broward.

Michael Sarron (126) and Alex Chitty (138) both won titles for fourth-place Coral Springs Charter

Results — Rankings based on Orlando Sentinel rankings

Team scores: 1. Mater Lakes 230; 2. South Broward, Coral Park 178; 4. Coral Springs Charter 167.5; 5. Cypress Bay 156; 6. Goleman 143; 7. Taravella 118; 8. Ft. Lauderdale, Nova 92; 10. Deerfield Beach 64.5; 11. McArthur 53.5; 12. Everglades, Miramar 47; 14. Monarch 46.5; 15. Douglas, Western 45; 17. Calvary Christian 25.

Finals: 106: #4-1A Danny Martinez (Mater Lakes) p. Alex Couto (Coral Park) 3:57

113: #19-3A Justin Huertas (Taravella) p. #18-3A Nico Cava (Monarch) 5:23

120: #2-1A Nick Luna (Mater Lakes) maj. dec. #7-2A Anthony Montanez (South Broward) 15-5

126: #8-1A Michael Sarron (Coral Springs Charter) p. Frank Indiero (Goleman) 1:09

132: #5-1A Omar Armengol (Mater Lakes) maj. dec. #20-3A Eddie Punzalan (Cypress Bay) 18-4

138: #10-1A Alex Chitty (Coral Springs Charter) maj. dec. Marlo Garcia (South Broward) 9-0

145: #8-3A Steven Erched (Douglas) dec. #7-1A Terrell Taylor (Coral Springs Charter) 12-9

152: #3-3A Steven Villalobos (Coral Park) p. #12-2A Raul Chavarry (Goleman) 3:08

160: #3-2A Justin Maynard (South Broward) dec. #3-1A Nestor Nunez (Mater Lakes) 6-3

170: Emerson Derose (Miramar) dec. #10-1A Tyler Vargas (Coral Springs Charter) 10-8

182: #15-3A Christian Deluna (Cypress Bay) dec. Coby Newton (Taravella) 6-3

195: #12-3A Caio De Almeida (Cypress Bay) p. Jesus Rodriguez (McArthur) 5:22

220: #10-1A David Alvarez (Mater Lakes) dec. #12-3A Julian D’orazio (Fort Lauderdale) 7-0

285: #13-1A Ethan Vargas (Mater Lakes) dec. Kareem Crawford (South Broward) 5-4

Check out the latest Class 1A individual rankings »

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Dec 10, 2018
  • Category: News, School News
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SPORTS, LEADERSHIP, ARTS & MANAGEMENT OSCEOLA is the newest member of the Slam Family

SPORTS, LEADERSHIP, ARTS & MANAGEMENT OSCEOLA – A TUITION-FREE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL SERVING STUDENTS IN GRADES 6th-8th is the newest member of the Sports, Leadership, Arts & Management family of high performing charter schools. The brand-new facility is located at 611 Heritage Park Way, Kissimmee, FL 34744.  With plans to add high school grades in years to come, the vision of Sports, Leadership, Arts & Management Osceola is to produce college bound and career-oriented graduates. With career academies designed to provide unique educational experiences, with internship opportunities for high school students in areas such as Sports Management, Medicine, Multimedia and Graphic Design, Broadcasting Communications, and more.

“My goal is to develop a high-energy, college-preparatory academy that transforms classrooms into vibrant learning environments that build expert problem solvers,” Principal Monique Machado said. “Couple this energy with learning academies designed to provide job shadow opportunities and professional internships and the results are confident, driven high school graduates that are prepared for the challenges of both college and career.”

“Our goal is to engage students and promote high achievement for all students,” Ms. Machado added.

2019-2020 applications are currently being accepted for students entering 6th grade through 9th grade at http://www.slamosceola.com  or by calling 407-569-7637.

Sports, Leadership, Arts & Management Academy provides students with unique access to career mentors, athletes as role models, and executive internships through educational partnerships with local and national sports franchises. By fostering these and other long-term relationships, students at Sports, Leadership, Arts & Management Academy benefit from real world learning experiences within all facets of the sports industry.

Additionally, the school will benefit from partnerships with local and national sports organizations such as the Florida Fire Frogs, Osceola Heritage Park, Orlando Sea Wolves, NBA, MLB and NASCAR through its affiliation with the National SLAM! Foundation, which also provides support.

For more information about the SLAM! network please visit www.slamfoundation.org

The quality of the educational programs and system effectiveness over the past decade demonstrate SLAM! Foundation’s commitment to ongoing improvement efforts and academic progress.   

Charter Schools are…

  • Tuition-free public schools
  • Accountable for academic results
  • Required to employ highly qualified state-certified teachers
  • Required to participate in state standardized exam (FSA)
  • Required to meet Annual Yearly Progress, under the No Child Left Behind Act

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 30, 2018
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STUDENTS, COMMUNITY CELEBRATE NEW SCHOOL OPENING

STUDENTS, COMMUNITY CELEBRATE NEW SCHOOL OPENING
Pinecrest Academy, Inc. celebrates its expansion in the Avalon community

Orange County, FL – On Friday October 19th, Pinecrest Academy Avalon students, faculty, community leaders and board members celebrated the school’s grand opening ribbon cutting. Principal Yasmeen Khan was joined by the Board Chair of Pinecrest Academy, Inc., Dr. Judith Marty. Several Pinecrest Academy Inc. board members along with Orange County Public School board member, Ms. Daryl Flynn and Avalon Park Community leaders attended the ribbon cutting ceremony that began at 10 a.m. at the school site located 13993 Mailer Blvd., Orlando, FL 32828.

This tuition-free public charter school opened its doors in August 2018 to 200 students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. The school’s curriculum will allow for students to experience a rigorous curriculum with an enhanced focus on Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum, Coding and a Positive Behavior Supports Character Education program.  

Mrs. Khan, the Principal said, “I am very proud of our achievements thus far. In a short time, we have implemented many research based programs which students are enjoying.  I love seeing the excitement on the students’ faces when they come to school every day.  That alone, makes my job very rewarding.’’

Accredited by AdvancED/SACS, Pinecrest Academy Avalon is the fourth Pinecrest Academy School in Central Florida, and joins Pinecrest’s growing roster of high-performing charter schools in Florida. The organization has a proven track record of developing a network of successful charter schools throughout Miami and has been seeking to expand its program throughout the state. Pinecrest’s strategic formula of establishing schools in areas of great need has made it an instrumental resource in accelerating student and school performance nationwide for the past decade.
Academica, one of the nation’s longest-serving and most successful charter school service and support organizations, is the education service provider for Pinecrest Academy, Inc. as well as for over 175 charter schools in Florida.  More information about Pinecrest Avalon is available at www.pinecrestavalonk5.com.

For immediate release                    
October 23, 2018

For more information, contact:
Mr. Fernando Barroso
fbarroso@academica.org

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Mr. Fernando Barroso
Ms. Jessica Brown
Dr. Judy Marty
Ms. Yasmeen Khan
Mr. Carlos Alvarez
Ms. Shannie Sadesky

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Mr. Michael Williamson (RD Michaels)
Ross Halle (Avalon Park Group)
Beat Khali (Avalon Park Group)
Dr. Judy Marty (Pinecrest Board Chair)
Dr. Kia Sweeney Scott (Director of School Choice OCPS)
Mr. Julio Robaina (CEO of Academica?) I was not sure of his title
Ms. Yasmeen Khan (Principal)
Ms. Jessica Brown (Lead Teacher)
Ms. Daryl Flynn (OCPS district 2 board member)
Mr. Juan Molina (Pinecrest board member)
Ms. Shannie Sadesky (Pinecrest board member)
Mr. Carlos Alvarez (Pinecrest board member)

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 29, 2018
  • Category: News, School News
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New $12M charter school to open in vacant Four Corners supermarket on U.S. 27

Article by Laura Kinsler

A Jacksonville-based charter school developer has secured county approvals to open a K-8 charter school in a former Winn Dixie supermarket on U.S. 27 in south Lake County.

Taylor Smith, president of Project Finance & Development Inc., said the new Pinecrest Academy in Four Corners would serve up to 1,050 students from all four counties. The school site is about a half mile north of Cagan Crossings and one mile north of the U.S. 192 intersection.

from the county. Lake County Schools awarded a charter beginning in Fall 2019.

The new Pinecrest Academy in Four Corners would renovate and repurpose the 49,000-square-foot supermarket, outlined in red, while another 15,316 would be reserved for future expansion.

Severns and Smith said that the project involves the complete conversion of the closed 49,000-square-foot Winn Dixie store into a new state-of-the-art charter school, as well as the redevelopment of a portion of the parking lot to provide parent drop-off and pick-up areas, recreational fields and playground areas. The school would feature the latest educational technology for students as well as high-tech security and safety features, they said.

The Four Corners school represents the second Pinecrest Academy charter school in Lake County, with the other A-rated Pinecrest K-8 School
in Minneola.

Florida Engineering Group provided civil work. The school is being designed by Miami-based Civica Architecture Group and will be built in two phases, with the second phase involving a 15,000-square-foot expansion of the existing facility.

Pinecrest officials are also working with Lake County School officials to avoid duplication of services between the charter school and a planned K-8 public school to serve the growing Four Corners area. The school district has a 35- acre site nearby and is designing a traditional campus to open as early as August 2021.

The development team has been active in charter school development in Central Florida. Smith’s PF&D Inc. provided the financial backing for a new

Mater Academy in St. Cloud, and Severns represented BridgePrep Academy on the land acquisition and permitting for its new Poinciana charter school.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at lkinsler@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-6261, or tweet me at @LKinslerOGrowth. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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https://www.growthspotter.com/search/dispatcher.front?Query=four+corners+charter&target=all&spell=on

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